It was incredible to see how in one hour driving the landscape from Canadian mountains like changed to this. With yungas the Incas were referring to the intermediate zone between the Andean Plateau and the rainforest. That road on the right has a nice nickname: Death Road.
It was built by Paraguayan war prisoners in the 1930s and until the 1998 it was the only road connecting La Paz with the East of Bolivia. It was estimated that 200-300 people died yearly. Today is an attraction for mountain bike rides.
The elevation is 5421 m, bring coca leaves to deal altitude sickness. The other mountain at the end is Huayna Potosí.
Here is located the famous stone tree, that white thing on the ground is snow.
This volcano is still active and it is shared between Chile and Bolivia. The Bolivian guide, without hiding satisfaction, explained that the active side in on the Chilean side.
The movement of the tectonic plates created a huge lake of salty water, that evaporated leaving a endless desert of salt of 10582 square kilometres, more than 6 times the area of London.
Inside the Salar de Uyuni there is an island with life
Here, some cactus are more than one thousand years old.
Flamingos can populate these lagoons although the weather can be very cold and the water very toxic (the white are sediments of borax) due to an incredible body.
The area is volcanic, is not a surprise the view of hot water sources.
The color of this lagoon is given by a particular type of algae living there, and it can be seen only when the wind is blowing. Again there is the presence of borax and flamingos.
The legends states there the birthplace of the first Inca emperor and so of the Inca culture.
It was beautiful view a so alpine landscape mixed with a lake that looked like a sea for how much it is large.
The sunset is over, the night and the cold will arrive soon.